Sandra Tsing Loh, a self-described neurotic, nonachieving, downwardly mobile "Dumpy," has started to come out of denial over the fact that she does not live in Provence. Not only does she not live in Provence, she doesn't even live in a nice part of Los Angeles. This upper-lower-middle-class suburb in the sun-swept grid of the San Fernando Valley, consistently ranked one of the worst places to live in America, whose night sky is flamed by a million fast-food neon signs and whose streets are chockablock with carnicerias, taquerias, and pupuserias, will, she's pretty sure, never be Provence. And that's just the point. While Sandra feels that by now she should be in the second act of a well-off if quietly lived life, growing her own basil and remodeling a falling-down rustic farmhouse (if not in Provence, at the very least in Sante Fe), she is not. Neither are most of us, unless we happen to be Francis Mayes or Peter Mayle. So let's celebrate that fact, which is exactly what Sandra does in this hilarious send-up -- a year in the life of a resident of a place that non other than Robert Redford called a "furnace that could destroy any creative thought that managed to creep into your brain."
|Publisher:||Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.49(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
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From the Hardcover edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This author is either trying to be funny or trying to be different. Either way- she is 'trying' too hard. She creates elaborate details for every other sentence- most which makes no sense. Not to mention- every single sentence is comma this, comma that. It's almost painful having to finish a paragraph and nearly dreadful thinking of the following one. I think, personally, that this author is just trying to be unique- but being unique does not necessarily have to be corny. Too many details(you can seriously use this book as a thesaurus), not enough witty lines/plots/or whatever. This book was definitely not for me.
I don't think I could have enjoyed it more if I was from van nuys myself. Light and enjoyable. I literally laughed out loud.
I, too, picked this up on a whim and it is really funny and great! Don't let the title frighten you because you don't have to be from Van Nuys to identify with the author! :)
Picked it up on a whim and then couldn't put it down.